Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain Edward Babcock
Captain George Francis Babcock
W. I. Babcock
Frederick A. Bailey
Captain Joshua Bailey
Captain Robert N. Bailey
Captain Thomas J. Bailey
Captain A. J. Bain
Captain Isaac Guilbert Bain
Captain Edward J. Baker
Captain C. R. Baker
Captain J. Baker
James W. Baker
J. A. Baldwin
Captain T.G. Baldwin
Horatio F. Bangs
Captain G. C. Barnes
William C. Barr
Captain John Barrow
Fred B. Barrows
Captain John L. Bartlett
Peter D. Bauld
William Baumert
James W. Beach
Oscar M. Beach
Charles Beatty
Richard Beaubien
Henry Beck
William G. Beckbissinger
Captain Daniel M. Becker
G. W. Beers
Thurman E. Beers
Harvey C. Beeson
David Bell
George M. Belloir
Captain W. H. Beltz
Captain Charles E. Benham
Captain W. P. Benham
D. C. Bennett
J. C. Bennett
James Bennett
Captain Fred G. Benson
Captain John G. Betke
Captain John M. Beverly
C. F. Bielman
Frank Bingham
A. D. Birdsall
W. E. Bishop
William H. Bishop
David A. Black
William A. Black
James B. Blair
Edward R. Blanchard
Joseph R. Blanchette
H. J. Blaney
C. Blauvelt
Robert S. Blauvelt
Henry Bloecker
Captain David Blom
Captain Frank Bloom
Charles A. Bloomer
Thomas J. Bluett
Adam G. Bohland
Captain George Bohn
George M. Bohnert
Captain David Bordeaux
Henry Born
Captain William A. Boswell
Captain Benjamin Boutell
Captain Thomas T. Boyd
Captain P. Boylan
George A. Brabant
George L. Brackett
Captain Thomas J. Brady
Fred A. Bradley
William E. Bradley
M. E. Brady
William Brake
Henry Braund
Samuel H. Braund
Patrick Brennan
Captain Julius Brett
Hiram Philip R. Brey
Captain John Bridge
Thomas W. Bristow
Engineer Peter Britz
John Broderick
J. P. Brogan
Captain Charles T. Bronson
Captain George E. Brooks
James William Brooks
Captain R. H. Brooks
Captain A. J. Brown
Alexander A. Brown
Capt. C. W. Brown
Captain Charles T. Brown
Charles W. Brown
Captain Frank H. Brown
Captain George H. Brown
Captain James E. Brown
Captain John Brown
Nelson Brown
Willis Brown
Hugh Buchanan
James Buchanan
Daniel Buie
Captain Dugald Buie
Henry Bullard
William Bullock
Captain Thaddeus F. Burbank
Henry B. Burger
James V. Burke
Captain William C. Burnett
William Ritchie Burnett
David Burns
Captain George C. Burns
M. J. Burns
Captain Riley M. Burrington
Captain F. O. Burrows
A. E. Bury
Captain Thomas Bury
Charles W. Butler
E. D. Butler
Captain F. G. Butlin
John Butterworth
Corey H. Buzzard
Irvin G. Buzzard
Captain Robert L. Byers
Captain James Byers
James T. Byers
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Captain A. J. Bain

Captain A.J. Bain was born January 15, 1859, at Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the son of John and Mary Ann (Tracy) Bain, who brought him to America when he was five years old. His father was a soldier in the regular service of the British army, and as such came from Glasgow, Scotland, to St. John, Canada, from there removing to Kinston, Ontario, and thence to St. John's Newfoundland; he returned to Kingston, was later in Quebec, and in 1871 settled in Windsor Ontario, where he still resides. The mother, who was a native of Londonderry, Ireland, died December 9, 1871.

Archibald J. Bain began his marine life in 1872 as mess-room boy on the propeller Armenia, running between Montreal and Chicago, remaining on her only a short time, however, as he returned to school in the winter. In the capacity of wheelsman he served during different seasons on the Vulcan, I.U. Masterse, Champion and Ira Chaffee, and with Capt. P. L. Millen acted as second mate on the Ogemaw, Iron King, Iron Duke, Iron Age and Joliet. Later he was mate on the C. H. Starke and the Swallow, after which he entered the employ of the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co., spending three seasons upon the Sappho and Excelsior in the same capacity, and then taking command of the Arthur Jones for about six months. In March, 1896, he came to the Detroit & Walkerville Ferry Co. and has since acted as mate on the Ariel, alternating watches with Captain Huntoon during the summer season.

Captain Bain was married, December 9, 1889, to Miss Susannah Haslip, of Dresden, Ont., and they have had children as follows: Elizabeth Pearl, who is attending school at the present time; Agnes Jessie and Emily Haslip, who are still at home, and Susannah, deceased.


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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.

Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.